Mind According to Bible
The word,”mind” is used in a variety of ways throughout the Bible. God tells believers and unbelievers alike what to do with their minds. These are some of the things God says to do with their minds.
God calls everyone to listen to and remember what He says. One example of this is in Deuteronomy 11:18, New International Version, “Fix these words of mine in your hearts and minds; tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.” This is something that everyone should do for several reasons. One reason is that God tells us many important things. If we can remember them we can use the wisdom in them. For example, Proverbs 13:20 (NIV) says, “Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” This verse is wise and can benefit anyone, believers and unbelievers alike. If a person surrounds oneself with people who are doing wrong, that person might think that that’s what they’re supposed to do or that that’s normal and might start doing wrong also. That can cause people to get hurt, go to jail, etc. If someone surrounds oneself with people doing the right thing, they will probably also start doing good. This can have rewards and keep them out of trouble. As you can see, believers and unbelievers alike can use the wisdom from the Bible.
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God also calls people to make up one’s minds not to judge others. Romans 14:13 (NIV) says “Therefore let us stop passing judgment on one another. Instead make up your mind not to put any stumbling block or obstacle in the way of a brother or sister.” This is a good suggestion for anyone to do for many reasons. One reason is that you don’t know everything. If you judge a person for being rude, and you treat them bad because of that, you don’t know everything that that person is going through. They might have just had a family member pass away and you just made them feel worse. You don’t know what people are going through, so you shouldn’t judge anyone.
Another thing God says is that you should have a pure mind. Romans 8:6 (NIV) says, “The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace.” This is a very good thing for anyone to have for a lot of reasons. One example of why everyone should have a pure mind is that if someone has an impure mind, that person might act on what they think on. They can get into trouble, end up ruining their life, or even end up getting people hurt, physically and/or mentally. These are just some things that can happen if you have an impure mind.
God talks about and tells us to be of one mind multiple times throughout the Bible. 2 Chronicles 30:12 (NIV) says, “Also in Judah the hand of God was on the people to give them unity of mind to carry out what the king and his officials had ordered, following the word of the Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:10 (NIV) says “I appeal to you, brothers and sisters, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another in what you say and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be perfectly united in mind and thought.” 2 Corinthians 13:11 (NIV) says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, rejoice! Strive for full restoration, encourage one another, be of one mind, live in peace. And the God of love and peace will be with you.” Acts 4:32 (NIV) says, “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had.” It is very important for people to be of one mind for several reasons. One example of why this would be important is in some jobs. If people are working in the ER, everyone will be working together. They will know what to do and what the other people are doing. They will all be working together towards the shared goal of saving the person’s life. Having unity of mind can be very important.
God also gives many commands as to what everyone should refrain from doing with one’s mind. One example of this is he tells us to not let worldly things distract us. 2 Corinthians 4:4 (NIV) says, “The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” This is something that is very important. We shouldn’t let ourselves be distracted from important thing by unimportant things. If someone has something incredibly important to do and they get distracted by something that isn’t important, that could cause a lot of harm to the person who got distracted, and possibly other people. Christians might also be distracted from God by unimportant things.
God says to not have a hostile mind many times throughout the Bible. Romans 8:7 (NIV) says, “The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so.” Christians should good mind to please and invite God. Having a hostile mind can have consequences. Forgiving and kind minds will be rewarding.
God gives us many commands as to what we should and shouldn’t do with our minds. These commands apply to both believers and unbelievers. There is wisdom in what the Bible and what God says, so it doesn’t matter if you believe in God or not, you can still benefit from what the Bible says.